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no, use my SPACE name! ([personal profile] damalur) wrote2012-03-15 09:52 am

shepard's eduction

IMPORTANT HEADCANON QUESTION: Does Shepard have a college degree?

The Yes Argument: Most commissioned officers are required to have a college education. I could see her managing to graduate before she turned eighteen, especially since whatever her background, she probably wasn't in a position to be schooled in a formal institution. (If this is the case, would she enlist at 18 and later be commissioned, or would they initially commission her at a higher rank? Maybe enlisting was her only way in.) I could also see an argument made that she attended some kind of Systems Alliance Naval Academy, earning the same general Bachelor of Science as most military university graduates.

The No Argument: No matter what background, Shepard's profile explicitly uses the term "enlist." Very, very rarely, enlisted personnel are commissioned based on excellent performance. The game makes no reference to Shepard attending any university.

Right now I'm leaning toward the "graduated by 18" explanation, which makes the most sense for spacer/colonist Shepard. This would be so much easier if I knew more about military life.
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[personal profile] dusty 2012-03-15 03:41 pm (UTC)(link)
The only little bit I can throw in, is if she had a college degree and enlisted she'd be an Officer at start. That is of course if all the military branches enlist the same way, I know with the Air Force if you go in as a College graduate you are an officer.
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[personal profile] misbegotten 2012-03-15 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
One can enlist in theory, but in military terms enlisted means any rank below an officer. Officers are commissioned, not enlisted. Excepting non-commissioned officers (corporals, sergeants), who are promoted through enlisted ranks.

misbegotten: A blue whatchmacallit shoe that looks like the TARDIS (CB Ed in a Daze)

[personal profile] misbegotten 2012-03-15 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course, now that I've read this, I see what you mean. They use the term "enlist" rather liberally. How very confusing.
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[personal profile] dusty 2012-03-15 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I believe so. Otherwise it would be her being drafted and that's different. I'm not entirely positive but I've not heard differently.

Are you writing a story? Just curious.
dusty: ([ s: disney ] bondage is a must)

[personal profile] dusty 2012-03-16 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
Oh that's by far my favorite Femshep romance! I'll have to read it. Love your icon as well, wasn't able to add that while I was at work earlier.

Good luck with the fic, sketchy backgrounds are annoying to deal with and incomplete timelines, [arg WoW y u make rp hard?]
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[personal profile] nicki 2012-03-15 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Enlisted personnell can also earn/finsih their degrees while in the military, in fact there are often special programs set up between the military and various colleges specifically to facilitate this.
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[personal profile] gwenhwy 2012-03-16 07:08 am (UTC)(link)
I think I'd differentiate based on character type and on background. I think an Earthborn Shepard would be less likely to have a college education and more likely to have distinguished herself in service. Colonist could go both ways for me, but I'd see a Colonist Shep as more likely to have taken advantage of military provided education programs after enlisting. I think Spacer Shep would have had the benefit of a college education and could have graduated early through an accelerated learning program. Part of the N7 training could have encompassed a college education as well - like going to the Air Force Academy only for space marines! ;)

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